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Gemstone Gully Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,537'
Location: 36.13237, -115.4888 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: J. Thompson on Apr 16, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then ...

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The Gemstone Gully is a promnient gully located on the east face of Bridge Mountain. The name Gemstone is a play on words, Jen Stone was involved in the first Ascent of the Gemstone route. The Gemstone Gully house's at least 2 quality routes; Fear and Loathing and Gemstone.

Getting There 

The approach for Gemstone Gully actually goes up a Spur ridge and then a side gully to the North. It involves some scranbling and some Bushwacking. Once you reach the notch between the approach gully and the Gemstone gully proper; you will go up or down Gemstone gully to get to the individual routes. See the pictures for more info on the approach.
Two options exsist to descend from the upper reachs of the Gemstone Gully. Option #1 is to retrace your approach. Option #2 is to descend the Gemstone Gully. To descend the Gemstone Gully scramble down and do several rappells from trees. The longest of which currently requires 2 ropes, but could be done with a single 70M and not to much trickery. The long rappell is off a tree on the left(climbers) side of the large dry water fall in the middle of the gully. It is slightly exposed getting to the tree.

Climbing Season

For the Pine Creek Canyon area.

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gemstone Gully

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gemstone Gully:
Gemstone   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 280'   
Fear and Loathing   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   
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Featured Route For Gemstone Gully
Rock Climbing Photo: Fear and Loathing. The obvious varnished crack.

Fear and Loathing 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Gemstone Gully
Pitch #1: Begin at the left side of a "tunnel" at the base of the wall. Climb up to a good ledge at the bottom of the main crack system. 5.7, 75ft.Pitch #2: Climb the steep varnished crack. Mid way up you encounter a roof that is, obviously, turned on the right. Continue up to a nice trianglar ledge and belay. The belay takes acouple of small pieces where the wall meets the ledge and or #1 camalots. 5.10+, 110ft.Pitch #3: Continue climbing the sick varnished crack. Starti...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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Rock Climbing Photo: The long Rappel descend teh Gemstone gully.
BETA PHOTO: The long Rappel descend teh Gemstone gully.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Varnished wall on the left holds the route Gem...
BETA PHOTO: The Varnished wall on the left holds the route Gem...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Approach gully
BETA PHOTO: The Approach gully
Rock Climbing Photo: Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then ...
BETA PHOTO: Redline shows the approach up the Spur Ridge then ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Redline shows the Gemstone Gully.
BETA PHOTO: Redline shows the Gemstone Gully.

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By Josh Janes
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Dec 6, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Gemstone Approach
Gemstone Approach

Some notes on approaching (and de-proaching) Fear and Loathing and Gemstone:

Josh Thompson has posted a good photo of the approach gully on the Fear and Loathing route page. Note that to access the approach gully, one must climb up the main wash past it slightly, then traverse back left across some ribs of pink rock to get into the bottom of the approach gully as pictured. This is usually well-cairned.

Once at the notch that is the approach gully-Gemstone Gully saddle, you can either descend down (through a cool varnished corridor) to Gemstone, or traverse and ascend to the start of Fear and Loathing. If you are only doing Fear and Loathing, I recommend exiting the way you came. If you decide to do Gemstone afterwards, consider exiting the way you came but, alternatively, you can descend via the Gemstone Gully. Doing so involves some scrambling, a couple raps, and a touch of bushwhacking: Initially you will follow the center of the gully until becoming cliffed-out at a dry pour-over. A 35 meter rappel from a small pine tree on the (skier's) right side of the cliff (use care reaching this tree) will get you to a ledge, and then another short rap off a scrub oak will get you to the bottom of the cliff. More scrambling, a touch of bushwhacking, and 2 more short rappels will deposit you at the bottom of the Gemstone Gully.

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